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State Issues Instructions to Participate in the State-funded Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program


May 29, 2015

Contact: Kate Walker (510) 835-8098 ext. 3050,

OAKLAND – The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has issued instructions on how to participate in the state-funded Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program. All County Letter (ACL) No. 15-48 provides key deadlines and instructions for counties electing to participate in the Program. The CSEC Practice Guidance Toolkit (“Toolkit”), which accompanies these instructions, provides counties with a structure for an interagency approach to CSEC. It also outlines the holistic needs of CSEC as well as key skills and strategies for serving this population. The Toolkit was created by the California Child Welfare Council’s CSEC Action Team with the support and leadership of the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL).

In order to participate and receive CSEC Program funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-2016, counties must submit a County Plan to CDSS by June 30, 2015. The County Plan must outline the county’s current and proposed future approach to identifying and serving CSEC. Counties must also submit an interagency protocol in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), or any similar agreement, by October 1, 2015, as specified.

The “MOU Template for the CSEC Program” (“MOU Template”), which is included in the Toolkit, provides a straightforward template to help counties fulfill the statutory requirements of the CSEC Program. The “MOU Template” also integrates several examples and recommendations based on promising practices. In addition to the “MOU Template,” the Toolkit includes: “Core Competencies for Serving CSEC,” which outlines critical knowledge and skills to help providers identify and address the needs of CSEC; and “Holistic Needs of CSEC,” which is intended to serve as a reference point for identifying CSEC needs in case planning.

Click here for the ACL with the CSEC Program instructions.

Click here for the CSEC Action Team’s MOU Template, Core Competencies, and Holistic Needs.